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Escape to Cowes holiday homes to rent

Found on Phillip Island, Cowes is a vibrant beachside destination with relaxing beaches and bustling streets filled with restaurants, cafes and gift shops. A perfect spot for families and couples, Cowes offers a mix of beach fun and urban attractions, all within reach of holiday homes to rent in the area.


Activities and attractions in Cowes

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do during your stay? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that makes Cowes a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit (3.7 mi / 5.9 km)
  • Purple Hen Winery (4.2 mi / 6.8 km)
  • Penguin Parade (6.4 mi / 10.2 km)
  • Churchill Island Heritage Farm (6.4 mi / 10.3 km)
  • Nobbies Centre (8 mi / 12.9 km)
  • Stonier Winery (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor fun near Cowes holiday rentals

Cowes has beautiful waters, sandy beaches and lush natural areas where you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. Holiday homes put you within reach of exciting activities like surfing, longboarding, swimming, diving, snorkelling, boating, kayaking and fishing. On land, you could enjoy immaculate golf courses and lush parks that are perfect for hiking, nature walks and wildlife viewing.


Seasonal weather averages in Cowes

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your holiday, February, January, March and December are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 25°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Cowes

Travellers enjoy Cowes for its island views and wildlife. Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Cowes is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are some of the area's most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Cowes Beach (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Phillip Island Nature Park (7.8 mi / 12.6 km)
  • Rm Hooper Oval (12.7 mi / 20.4 km)
  • Karrawingi Park (13 mi / 20.9 km)
  • Redhill Recreation Reserve (13.6 mi / 21.8 km)
  • Arthurs Seat State Park (17.1 mi / 27.5 km)

Best beaches near Cowes holiday homes

The pristine beaches of Cowes are one of its biggest draws for visitors. Holiday rentals are available near Red Rock Beach, a bayside beach with soft sand and shallow, calm water for swimming and fishing, and Mussel Rocks, a golden sand beach with plenty of beach activities. Erehwon Point Beach, a secluded beach with turquoise waters and beautiful sunsets, and the YCW Beach, a popular surfing beach with big waves and high winds, are also great beaches to explore.

How to get there

Transport to and around Cowes

The nearest airport is in Melbourne, VIC (AVV-Avalon), located 50.8 mi (81.7 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Melbourne, VIC (MEB-Essendon), which is 53.3 mi (85.8 km) away.

How to get around

Transport to Cowes holiday homes

Cowes is only accessible by ferry from the mainland, but once there, you’ll have a variety of transport options to get you around the town. Buses, taxis and car hire are available to take you to and from your holiday accommodation and to nearby destinations, though you can walk or bring your own car to explore at your own pace.

Food & drink 

Regional cuisine in Cowes

The Mornington Peninsula is a foodie heaven, thanks to its rich regional foods from Victoria. Artisan meats and cheeses and local craft brews and wines all make their way into the restaurants and eateries in Cowes, enriching the dining experience with a country charm that works perfectly with the abundance of seafood in the area. No matter your craving, you’ll find unique dishes and traditional favourites with the flavour of the land and sea in restaurants near holiday homes in Cowes.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Cowes?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,215 holiday rentals around Cowes. From 1,095 holiday houses to 96 flats & apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Cowes is on Stayz.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Cowes?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Cowes. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Phillip Island Wildlife Park: 1,859 holiday rentals
  • Phillip Island Ferry Dock: 1,987 holiday rentals
  • Mornington Peninsula National Park: 3,014 holiday rentals
  • Redhill Recreation Reserve: 3,424 holiday rentals
  • Phillip Island Winery: 1,935 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cowes listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Cowes?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 1,095 Houses in Cowes. Our other popular types of Cowes holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 96 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 23 holiday houses
  • Townhouses: 30 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Cowes?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 77 holiday homes with pool available in Cowes. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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